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OK, first of all, the great play I'm writing about is theatrical, not a variation on a crossing pattern. Now, before you go all "Ham save it for the Arts and Leisure page," on me, work with me a little bit on this. I'll try to make it worth your while.
Last night, I saw the Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Terrific theater. If you have the opportunity, absolutely go see it. So, what does this have to do with ND? Well, one of the shows principals is George Wendt, ND "attendee" and serious football geek, who plays a role on the other side of the bar from his legendary portrayal of one televisions most beloved characters. In addition to seeing the play, I had the distinct pleasure of spending an hour and a half with George today, during which we had what can only be described as a lively and sparkling conversation. Of course my taking credit for any contribution to that is akin to the Philadelphia Warriors sixth man saying that, in the legendary 1962 game, he and Wilt Chamberlain combined for over 100 points.
I'm going to say two things about George Wendt: first, if there's a nicer person in all of show business, I really want to meet him/her. Last night, he went well out of his way to do a solid for my sixteen year old daughter, by introducing her to the show's female star, which had her absolutely dancing on air for the remainder of the night, and she hasn't come down yet. And, point number two, while George finished about 37 years shy of the famous ND 40 year plan, I will state unequivocally that he is every inch a Notre Dame man. The fact that an honorary degree has yet to be bestowed upon him is a major hole in my alma mater's resume of tributes.
While we discussed quite a few matters, we didn't touch upon spirituality, but George did ask me to share that he reads the board religiously. He said he rarely, if ever, posts because he feels he doesn't really know enough to confidently participate. Now, first of all, since when has that stopped the rest of us? And secondly, this came from a guy who was telling me about position switches of ND players back when Ara was there, and I was on campus at the time, and I did not know any of that. Quite simply, the man has game.
While this was a marvelous experience, and I can be a bit full of myself for spending an afternoon with an iconic figure in television history who does not carry an ounce of pretense with him, George nevertheless trumped me, today, right out of the gate. The first question he asked me, when we sat down, was whether I had ever met Lou Somogyi. I said, no I hadn't, to which he proudly replied that he had. So, although I can say I have met George Wendt, I cannot say I've ever met Lou Somogyi, and an empty check off box remains next to his name on my bucket list.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
POTW 1/31/11 - 2/6/11
I have it on good authority that Lou is computer generated. I'm not quite sure how it all happened, since I can recall many a phone call with him prior to the computer's arrival on earth. Still, it comes from a trusted source, and given that Lou's knowledge is hazardously beyond what any brain could store, it must be true.
Aside from clearing that up, I would love to meet George Wendt. I'm glad to hear he's who he is.
P.S.) Lou would not specifically remember my calls as having come from Mr. Rice. In those days I was a much different and highly sinister, yet equally fierce Irish fan. Moreover, a Blue & Gold Illustrated junkie who would call every fall and spring for his insights into what was happening at practice.
2 time POTW winner on some dates I can't remember from 2yrs ago at BNG,
POTW: 1/3/11- 1/9/11, 6/20/11-6/26/11
Great story. Glad you took tbe time to post it.
Norm!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ND could award him an honorary Phd just for this tome...Great guy!
Cheers actor George Wendt, better known as Norm Peterson, talks about his love of beer and why he wrote Drinking with George.
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